Terrelle Pryor Will Not Be Silenced: Our Sick Infatuation with a Future Backup

Brendan O'HareContributor IAugust 22, 2011

COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 18:  Terrelle Pryor #2 of the Ohio State Buckeyes stretches before a game against the Ohio Bobcats at Ohio Stadium on September 18, 2010 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 18: Terrelle Pryor #2 of the Ohio State Buckeyes stretches before a game against the Ohio Bobcats at Ohio Stadium on September 18, 2010 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

The media fawning over Terrelle Pryor continued this weekend, as the future third-string quarterback was subjected to being the lead story on a majority of ESPN telecasts. The motive behind the incessant Pryor updates is really unclear.

Pryor, who had he entered the NFL Draft this spring would have likely been chosen in the third or fourth round, is considered by most to only have a future in the NFL as a backup quarterback. The reasoning that ESPN has for jamming the Pryormania down our throats, I assume, can be found under the journalistic bylaw of "If it bleeds, it leads," which basically means that things with penchants for controversy are going to be driveled out of Reischea Canidate's mouth at the top of every hour.

Pryor has been a media darling ever since he was a top recruit out of high school. Every game he played at Ohio State was psychoanalyzed, so I guess it makes sense for his pre-NFL career to take on such weight.

I mean, it shouldn't, but that is the way we are given information. Whether we like it or not, as we learned with Brett Favre, we are going to hear about it.

Pryor has had a nice run in the past few months with being a top story in the news, and he is going to extend his fifteen minutes if he chooses to go after his NFL suspension. He should, as the suspension is really a violation of basic labor laws and proves Roger Goodell is nothing more than a power-hungry drone of the owners, but won't this just further insinuate the myth that Pryor is going to be a legitimate NFL player?

Usually, the insane coverage of a high-profile athlete is at the expense of a high-profile athlete. This just is not the case.

Pryor is considered "one of the best quarterbacks to ever come out of Ohio State," but when Troy Smith is your competition, that really isn't saying much. We've mythologized the Ohio State program to such a ridiculous caricature that we are now convinced that second-rate quarterbacks are worth a damn in the NFL.

Have you ever seen Pryor throw a football? Jesus, it looks like he's throwing with a herniated disc. It causes me pain.

If Pryor chooses to do nothing about his five-game NFL suspension, it won't matter in terms of his NFL career. Odds are, he wasn't going to play in those first five games anyway, unless a shocking turn of events took place where the two quarterbacks ahead of him on the depth chart were struck down.

Pryor should do something about it. The suspension only speeds up the god-making of Goodell and his newly found undetermined power he received from the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. But, in terms of Pryor's "career," it doesn't make a difference.

Players who have been suspended by the NFL in the past have seen a nice career of ESPN-based fame. Pryor can look at Maurice Clarett, who is the prototype for the Ohio State football player with marginal football skills, questionable ethics and a desire to fight back against the restrains of the NFL. Clarett had a little run in media and made a career of quasi-relevancy for a few years after he left Ohio State.

I'm not saying Pryor will be Clarett in terms of being a menace to society, but I would guess that Pryor's NFL career will turn out the same way Clarett's did: publicly humiliated, for all to see.   


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